Another view of Ceiola Vista, also known as Harper Ranch, c. 1906, the home of disgraced Los Angeles Mayor A.C. Harper, which stood along the present-day site of the Sunset Strip, perhaps just north of Harper Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.
ca. 1903)^ - Panoramic view of Hollywood from Whitley Heights circa 1903, looking southwest toward Highland and Franklin Avenues. The neighborhood is dotted with homes. The curved configuration of Highland between the East and West sections of Franklin Ave still exists today. The larger structure, seen on the left side of the photo, is the famous Hollywood Hotel. It is situated on the Northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave.
1910)^ - Tree-lined Melrose Avenue, probably in 1910, at Western Avenue. Trees were planted in the early 1880's and felled on the right side in 1922 and on the left side in 1923. This was a favorite street for horse and buggy rides on Sundays. Historical Notes Melrose Avenue was named by ranch owner E.A. McCarthy after his hometown of Melrose, Mass. The McCarthy Ranch occupied most of area bounded by Western to Wilton and Melrose to Santa Monica Blvd.
It’s hard to believe that the Sunset Strip was ever this empty. This photo was taken at around the corner of Sunset and Sweetzer in 1930. The Sunset Tower Apartments (the tall Art Deco building on the left) would have just opened. It must have really stood out at the time—not much else was around! It’s now a hotel but back then was an upscale apartment block.